Bathroom faucets today have moved beyond the low-profile, utilitarian models of the past. Homeowners now have almost as many faucet choices in the bathroom as they do in the kitchen to create the perfect combination of style and function.
Most important, of course, is whether or not the new faucet can stand up to everyday uses and if the design fits the function.
How many handles?
Single handle vs double handle: Making this choice comes down to whether or not it is easier to swing one handle toward the right temperature or having more control over the temperature is more important. Using a single handle can be more convenient if at least one hand is clean while double handles still allow access to water and the sink if one handle springs a leak and requires repair.
How many holes?
Bathroom faucets are available as either single, double, centerset, widespread or wall-mounted. Single-hole mounts usually come with just one handle and are most commonly found in smaller bathrooms and with vessel sinks. The single handle allows users to more accurately control water temperature and flow.
Centerset, widespread and wall-mounted faucets typically come with two handles, and this is where measurement matters. To be sure the new faucet is properly centered, measure from the center of the left hole to the center of the right hole. It’s also important to measure the distance between the faucet holes and the wall for smooth and obstacle-free operation.
The most popular finishes for faucets are chrome, nickel, brushed nickel, stainless steel, polished brass, oil-rubbed bronze, and matte black. How homeowners match their new faucets to their bathroom depends on the overall style of the bathroom sink and theme of the finished room – country, bistro, modern, urban chic, etc.
It’s what’s on the inside that counts
How a faucet is made should matter more than how it looks. Products that use more plastic inside (disk valves) will be less expensive, but they also won’t last as long. Because a bathroom faucet should last for years of trouble-free use, buyers should be willing to pay a little more for fixtures that include ceramic disk valves and stainless steel or brass base materials.